Family dynamic is the core of Queens Theatre play
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Nov 08, 2016 | 5157 views | 0 0 comments | 525 525 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Queens Theatre and playwright Joni Fritz reunite with the New York premiere for the relatable comedy ‘In the Car with Blossom and Len.’

After years of living with unpredictable parents, two daughters, Holly and Fern, are looking after their aging parents.

Lenny Gold, a chemical engineer, flips the script on his daughters and straight-forward wife Blossom once secrets are uncovered in a basket full of unpaid bills.

Beyond secrets, there are also challenges the family must face. And a mysterious silent partner that the daughters had no clue about.

While the play is mostly fictional, Fritz based the production on a few instances from her own life, especially during a crisis that her family went through with her father a few years ago. It is a true testament to writing what you know and family often makes the best material.

Some of the moments in the show are painful, but it is a comedy through the dynamic and interactions between the family members. By the end of it, you’ll experience the anger, humor, frustration and enormous love shared between a family with two octogenarians and middle-aged children. The quirky characters certainly drive the play.

The Susan Glaspell Award winner had its first full production with the Centenary Stage Company at the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center in New Jersey. Prior to the production, Fritz held readings around New York to hone the story. From the beginning, there has been a notable praise for the show: nearly everyone finds it relatable.

“I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘Were you looking in my window?’ ‘Were you recording my conversations?’” Fritz said. “The play really starts a conversation and that’s important to me.”

Even in the initial stages of the readings, audience members would stay back at the end just to discuss what it was like to live with aging parents. Fritz found the sense of community and expression stemming from her own work to be inspirational.

The show appeals to a younger audience as well. For instance, a teenager approached Fritz and told her that they’ve now realized what their parents have been going through.

Fritz’s play "Girl's Room" starring Broadway legends Carol Lawrence and Donna McKechnie ran at the Queens Theatre in 2007. The cast for ‘In the Car with Blossom and Len’ is equally talented, with ‘As The World Turns’ star Martha Byrne and HBO's ‘Too Big to Fail’ Patricia Randell starring as the daughters.

‘In the Car with Blossom and Len’ will run from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 20. For the show’s times and tickets, visit www.queenstheatre.org.

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